Native/Tribal Youth Mental Health Program Grants

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THIS GRANT’S FOCUS: Child/Youth Health, Native/Tribal Youth, Mental Health, Youth Suicide, Youth Substance Abuse
Deadline:
Dec. 10, 2019

“The purpose of this program is to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years. Native Connections is intended to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders, foster culturally responsive models that reduce and respond to the impact of trauma in AI/AN communities1, and allow AI/AN communities to facilitate collaboration among agencies to support youth as they transition into adulthood. It is expected that recipients will develop and implement an array of integrated services and supports to prevent suicide. AI/AN community members should be involved in all grant activities, including planning, program implementation, and evaluation. At a minimum, community members should include youth, family members, tribal leaders, and spiritual advisors.”

Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Eligibility:
“Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, or consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.”
Amount:
Up to $250,000 (per year)
Contact:
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Community Revitalization Fellowship Grants

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THIS GRANT’S FOCUS: Community, Community Development, Leadership Development, Civic Engagement
Deadline:
Nov. 20, 2019

“The Center for Community Progress’ Community Revitalization Fellowship is a learning opportunity to help cohorts of grassroots community leaders revitalize neighborhoods that are struggling with serious challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment… Each year, six resident leaders from three communities (eighteen people in total) are selected as Fellows. They participate in Learning Exchanges in each other’s communities that feature a mix of technical and leadership trainings as well as local neighborhood tours. Fellows also develop strategies or projects to improve vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in their neighborhoods.

In 2020, the Community Revitalization Fellowship will focus on helping residents lead community-based efforts to improve vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties specifically through the practice of creative placemaking… The Fellowship will also build the capacity of a key institutional partner in each of the communities to provide ongoing local support to the Fellows and their neighborhoods.

Program Highlights:

  • Three Learning Exchanges for Fellows in each of the three cohort communities
  • A Revitalization Workshop for a broad group of stakeholders in each community
  • $14,000 to support Institutional Partners’ work and community engagement activities.”

Funder: The Center for Community Progress
Eligibility:
“The ideal application team is organized by an Institutional Partner — a community foundation or other eligible organization — with a demonstrated commitment to addressing community and economic development challenges… All applicants must be from a small or midsized community (population of 300,000 or less) in the United States or Puerto Rico. Communities can be either urban, suburban, or a rural municipality. Priority will be given to communities where vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment most severely impacts low-income communities or communities of color.”
Amount: $14,000
Contact:
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Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Higher Education Improvement Program Grants

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THIS GRANT’S FOCUS: Higher Education, Agricultural Education, Career Training, Workforce Development
Deadline:
Mar. 23, 2020

“Higher Education Challenge (HEC) is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, baccalaureate, or master’s degree level food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences education, and first professional degree level education in veterinary medicine. HEC projects provide funding to eligible applicants to help ensure a competent, qualified and diverse workforce will exist to serve the FANH sciences system. At the same time, HEC-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of communities through the development of degree programs emphasizing new and emerging employment opportunities. Finally, HEC projects address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering the FANH sciences.

Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a state, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.”

Funder: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Eligibility:
“Applications may be submitted by: (a) U.S. public or private nonprofit colleges and universities offering a baccalaureate or first professional degree in at least one discipline or area of the FANH sciences; (b) land-grant colleges and universities, (including land grant institutions in the Insular Areas); (c) colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments and a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences; and (d) other colleges and universities having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences.”
Amount:
$30,000 – $750,000
Contact:
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New tool visualizes nature’s benefits worldwide

Nature supports people in critical ways, often at a highly local level. Wild bees buzz through farms, pollinating vegetables as they go. Nearby, wetlands might remove chemicals from the farm’s runoff, protecting a community drinking water source. In communities all around the world, nature’s contributions are constantly flowing to people. Scientists have mapped these contributions at local levels for years, but a new Stanford-led study puts these local analyses on an interactive global map that emphasizes nature’s declining ability to protect people from water pollution, coastal storms and under-pollinated crops.

CO2 emissions cause lost labor productivity, research shows

The planet’s warming climate has led to countless changes that are affecting all of us. Droughts, hurricanes, rising sea levels and forest fires—all are now regular events in a world that saw close to 40 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions released into our atmosphere last year.

NC K-12 Environmental Education School Project Grants

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THIS GRANT’S FOCUS: Environmental Education, Child/Youth Development, Civic Engagement, Teacher Support
Deadline:
Nov. 30, 2019

“Through the Windows of Opportunity competitive grant, teachers are rewarded for their innovation and creativity as they promote environmental stewardship with their students to improve appreciation of the environment, and, in turn, the beauty of our state.

  • Do you have a terrific idea which will create student excitement about environmental stewardship and will promote the protection of our natural resources?
  • Will your idea cultivate student appreciation of the natural environment by getting the students outside?
  • Is your idea sustainable year to year?

Let NC Beautiful help with financial support and encouragement as you develop your ideas…”

Funder: NC Beautiful
Eligibility:
“Certified K-12 teachers in the state of North Carolina; Project leaders must be full time teachers at the applicant school. The applicant school must be a recognized, accredited institution within the state of North Carolina. Public, private, and charter schools are eligible.”
Amount:
Up to $1,000
Contact:
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NC K-12 Environmental Education School Project Grants

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THIS GRANT’S FOCUS: Environmental Education, Child/Youth Development, Civic Engagement, Teacher Support
Deadline:
Nov. 30, 2019

“Through the Windows of Opportunity competitive grant, teachers are rewarded for their innovation and creativity as they promote environmental stewardship with their students to improve appreciation of the environment, and, in turn, the beauty of our state.

  • Do you have a terrific idea which will create student excitement about environmental stewardship and will promote the protection of our natural resources?
  • Will your idea cultivate student appreciation of the natural environment by getting the students outside?
  • Is your idea sustainable year to year?

Let NC Beautiful help with financial support and encouragement as you develop your ideas…”

Funder: NC Beautiful
Eligibility:
“Certified K-12 teachers in the state of North Carolina; Project leaders must be full time teachers at the applicant school. The applicant school must be a recognized, accredited institution within the state of North Carolina. Public, private, and charter schools are eligible.”
Amount:
Up to $1,000
Contact:
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K-12 School Garden Project Grants

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THIS GRANT’S FOCUS: Environmental Education, Education, Youth Gardens, School Gardens
Deadline:
Nov. 8, 2019

“The Klorane Botanical Foundation is committed to supporting programs to teach respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. Designed to further their mission, the Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems… Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity.”

Funder: The Klorane Botanical Foundation 
Eligibility:
“Any public school, charter school or private school serving students in grades K to 12 in the nited States that can demonstrate that at least 40% of their student population would qualify for free or reduced price meals is eligible to apply.”
Amount:
Up to $2,250
Contact:
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Author Sarah Smarsh to headline PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference

Author and journalist Sarah Smarsh came from generations of impoverished Kansas wheat farmers: hardworking, no-nonsense folks who worked themselves to the bone, yet struggled to pay the bills, could not afford healthcare, and often were forced to move their children from school to school. She became the first in her family to go to college, and today is an outspoken, respected voice for rural families and their children, as well as a frequent media commentator on class, politics and rural issues.

She chronicles her experiences and explores the socioeconomic forces behind her upbringing in her New York Times bestselling book “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.”

Smarsh will also serve as keynote speaker at the upcoming PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference to be held in November in Beaver Creek, Colorado, hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 education non-profit. It will be her first time at a speaking engagement in Colorado.

“When I was a child in rural Kansas during the 1980s and ’90s, my working-poor family didn’t have the time, money or information required to offer me the opportunities I craved,” Smarsh said. “Millions of children are similarly isolated by geography and class, and the care they receive often depends on the community that surrounds them. I addressed Heartland to those children. I’m excited to join a gathering of professionals dedicated to reaching them with after-school programs.”

Organizers say they are thrilled to have Smarsh contributing to the conversation at the PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference, which they bill as a unique opportunity for educators, organizations, and thought leaders to connect, collaborate, and create a roadmap for future success on rural afterschool issues. The Conference roadmap will be built by all attendees with a goal to support the quality and sustainability of afterschool programming in our rural communities.

Smarsh will share her insights alongside other experts in the field and rural, and mountain-resort educators and advocates at the PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference Nov. 13-15. Conference attendees can attend her keynote, and individual tickets will also be available to the general public.

Building a roadmap

The PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference is the first three-day meeting of its kind hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 in collaboration with the Afterschool Alliance, Colorado Afterschool Partnership, and the National Afterschool Association.

Smarsh will present along with keynote speakers Matthew Emerzian of Every Monday Matters, Nicole Bosworth of InClassToday, Carrie Morgridge of the Morgridge Family Foundation, Carrie Hauser of Colorado Mountain College, Alexis Steines of Afterschool Alliance, and Malgosia Kostecka of The Grove Consultants International.

While rural communities are diverse, they face common problems when it comes to educating the youngest members of their communities — limited funds, scarce resources, a struggle to retain staff, and large geographical distances that students and parents often travel, said Sara Amberg, YouthPower365’s director of sustainability, capacity and grants.

“This conference is about bringing together the supporters of rural afterschool — teachers, advocates, fundraisers — and sharing expertise, knowledge and information,” Amberg said. “There’s not a lot of research out there about rural afterschool programs. Most of the information is from cities, so we hope to fill some of that gap. This is about creating a larger support system for other communities like us.”

Prices for the 2019 Conference will increase on September 15. Scholarships, discounts and group rates are available. Learn more at conference.youthpower365.org

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Sunlight degrades polystyrene faster than expected

A study published by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that polystyrene, one of the world’s most ubiquitous plastics, may degrade in decades or centuries when exposed to sunlight, rather than thousands of years as previously thought. The study published October 10, 2019, in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters.